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WILLIE'S CACAO

A British premium bean to bar chocolate manufacturer

Willie's Cacao, or Willies chocolates as it is often referred to, is a British bean to bar chocolate maker (cacaofevier) based in Devon. Willie Harcourt-Cooze transforms fine flavour cocoas from single origins and estates into superior quality chocolate blocks & bars. As the owner of a one thousand acre cacao farm in the Venezuelan cloud forest Willie manages the complete process from cocoa bean to bar. We are proud to include Willies chocolates into our collection to sit alongside the finest chocolate makers in the world today.

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Willie's, Milk chocolate Praline truffles

From Willies chocolate

Created from a blend of Sur de Lago single estate milk chocolate, roasted hazelnuts and sea salt, enrobed in single estate milk chocolate, dusted in cocoa powder. A true, rich traditional style of chocolate truffle with pure high quality ingredients.

£7.95In stock
Cocoa content
44%
Cocoa Origin
Blend
Cocoa Estate
Blend
Cocoa Variety
Blend
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Willie's, Dark chocolate Praline truffles

From Willies chocolate

Created from a blend of Sur de Lago single estate dark chocolate, roasted hazelnuts and sea salt, enrobed in single estate dark chocolate, dusted in cocoa powder. A true, rich traditional style of chocolate truffle with pure high quality ingredients.

£7.95In stock
Cocoa content
70%
Cocoa Origin
Blend
Cocoa Estate
Blend
Cocoa Variety
Blend

Willie's Passion Fruit milk chocolate bar

From Willies chocolate

A creamy milk chocolate created from bean to bar using single estate, Venezuelan Rio Caribe cacao combined with passion fruit.

£1.99In stock
Cocoa content
44%
Cocoa Origin
Blend
Cocoa Estate
Blend
Cocoa Variety
Blend
Caramel
Malt
Nut
Sweet

Willie's Raspberry & Cream white chocolate bar

From Willies chocolate

A luxurious white chocolate created from bean to bar at Willie's, containing raspberry. Sublimely creamy with a natural zingy sweetness.

£1.99In stock
Cocoa content
36%
Cocoa Origin
Blend
Cocoa Estate
Blend
Cocoa Variety
Blend
Acidity
Caramel
Malt
Sweet
5

Willie's, Chef's Dark Chocolate Drops, Los LLanos 70%

From Willies chocolate

Superior quality, single estate dark chocolate drops with a 70% cocoa content. Notes of cherries & plums. Ideal for drinking chocolate and all types of chocolate work from chocolate making through to baking, enrobing and decoration.

£4.25In stock
Cocoa content
70%
Cocoa Origin
Colombia
Cocoa Estate
Los Llanos
Cocoa Variety
Blend
Acidity
Bitter
Fruit
Roast

Willie's, Black Pearls, Passion Fruit Caramel Milk Chocolates

From Willies chocolate

Heavenly foil wrapped chocolates. Bite through the single estate Rio Caribe milk chocolate shell, and out bursts the juicy caramel filling, flavoured with passion fruit.

£6.59In stock
Cocoa content
44%
Cocoa Origin
Venezuela
Cocoa Estate
Blend
Cocoa Variety
Blend

Willie's, Black Pearls, Sea Salt Caramel Dark Chocolates

From Willies chocolate

A gift box containing decadent, foil wrapped, Madagascar single origin, dark chocolates containing molten caramel made with double cream with flakes of Cornish sea salt. Amazing.

£6.59Out of stock
Cocoa content
71%
Cocoa Origin
Madagascar
Cocoa Estate
Blend
Cocoa Variety
Blend
5

Willie's, Black Pearls, Apple Brandy Caramel Dark Chocolates

From Willies chocolate

Dark, decadent and tantalising. As the Rio Caribe 72, one of the world’s great cacaos, melts into the Apple Brandy caramel liquid centre, the journey begins as the flavours gently entwine.

£6.59In stock
Cocoa content
72%
Cocoa Origin
Blend
Cocoa Estate
Blend
Cocoa Variety
Blend
5
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Willie's, Wonders of the World, 3 Assorted Chocolate Tasting Box

From Willies chocolate

Discover the three faces of cacao – a sublime milk chocolate with notes of nuts and coffee; a light and creamy white chocolate with notes of natural cacao butter and dark chocolate with hints of summer fruits. Contains 3 bars.

From£3.25In stock
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Cocoa content
71% to 36%
Cocoa Origin
Blend
Cocoa Estate
Blend
Cocoa Variety
Blend

Willie's, Chefs Milk Chocolate Drops, Surabya 54%

From Willies chocolate

Single estate, Indonesian milk chocolate with a higher than average cocoa content of 54% providing rich caramel notes. Great for drinking chocolate and suited for all types of chocolate work from making truffles to cakes and decorating desserts.

£4.25In stock
Cocoa content
54%
Cocoa Origin
Indonesia
Cocoa Estate
Blend
Cocoa Variety
Blend
Caramel
Malt
Roast
Sweet

Willie's, The Golden Pod, Sea Salt Caramel Dark Chocolate Pearls

From Willies chocolate

A gourmet, fun chocolate gift. Open the Golden Pod tin shell to find these decadent foil wrapped, single origin, dark chocolates containing molten caramel with flakes of sea salt. A real treat.

£12.99In stock
Cocoa content
71%
Cocoa Origin
Madagascar
Cocoa Estate
Blend
Cocoa Variety
Blend
Acidity
Bitter
Caramel
Sweet
4

Willie's, Wonders of the World, 5 Dark Chocolate Tasting Box

From Willies chocolate

Discover the amazingly individual flavours of the world’s great cacaos. Like fine wines each tastes remarkably different due to its genetics and geography. This box contains 5 bars of single origin dark chocolate from Willie's Cacao.

£10.99In stock
Cocoa content
69-72%
Cocoa Origin
Madagascar, Peru, Venezuela, Indonesia
Cocoa Estate
Blend
Cocoa Variety
Blend
Acidity
Bitter
Fruit
Roast

Willie's Milk of the Stars, Surabaya 54% milk chocolate bar

From Willies chocolate

A higher than average milk chocolate containing less sugar and so offering an increased cocoa flavour profile with deep caramel notes. Made from Forastero and Trinitario cocoa from the Surabaya estate in Indonesia.

£1.99In stock
Cocoa content
54%
Cocoa Origin
Indonesia
Cocoa Estate
Surabaya
Cocoa Variety
Forastero, Trinitario
Caramel
Malt
Nut
Sweet
5

Willie's Colombian Gold Los Llanos 70% dark chocolate bar

From Willies chocolate

A full flavoured dark chocolate with 70% cocoa content. A bittersweet dark chocolate with notes of cherries, plums and in this instance sweet spice, due to the fine flavour Trinitario cocoa beans used. Single estate of Los Llanos, Colombia.

£2.99In stock
Cocoa content
70%
Cocoa Origin
Colombia
Cocoa Estate
Los Llanos
Cocoa Variety
Trinitario
Acidity
Bitter
Fruit
Roast

Willie's Peruvian Black Chulucanas Superior 100% cocoa

From Willies chocolate

A cylindrical block of 100% pure cocoa created by Willies chocolate for use with cooking and desserts. Simply grate the required amount. Made exclusively from fine flavour Criollo cocoa from Peru. Distinct notes of raisins and plums.

£6.45In stock
Cocoa Origin
Peru
Cocoa Estate
Blend
Cocoa Variety
Criollo
Acidity
Bitter
Fruit
Roast
5

Willie's, Pure Gold, 100% dark chocolate bar

From Willies chocolate

A single origin, 100% cocoa, bitter dark chocolate bar from Willie's Cacao. Made from bean to bar using Trinitario cocoa from Sur Del Lago in Venezuela. This intensely bitter dark chocolate offers nutty notes with an incredibly smooth texture.

£2.99In stock
Cocoa content
100%
Cocoa Origin
Venezuela
Cocoa Estate
Blend
Cocoa Variety
Blend
Acidity
Bitter
Fruit
Roast
4

Willie's Cafe Negro dark chocolate & coffee bar

From Willies chocolate

Willie uses what he describes as 'some of the finest coffee beans in the world' from Piura, combined with beautiful 70% dark chocolate using cacao from Chulcanas, Peru. A full espresso experience within a gourmet chocolate flavour profile. Stunning.

£1.99In stock
Cocoa content
70%
Cocoa Origin
Peru
Cocoa Estate
Blend
Cocoa Variety
Trinitario
Acidity
Bitter
Fruit
Roast
5

Willie's Milk chocolate with sea salt bar

From Willies chocolate

The flavour packed, single estate milk chocolate, created from cocoa from the Hacienda San Augustine estate in Venezuela, is combined with sea salt flakes. An indulgent and very popular flavour combination.

£1.99In stock
Cocoa content
44%
Cocoa Origin
Venezuela
Cocoa Estate
Hacienda San Augustin
Cocoa Variety
Trinitario
Caramel
Malt
Nut
Sweet

Willie's Colombian Gold Los Llanos 88% dark chocolate bar

From Willies chocolate

An intense and full flavoured dark chocolate with a higher than average cocoa content of 88%. Bitter dark chocolate with notes of cherries and plums due to the fine flavour Trinitario cocoa beans used. Single estate of Los Llanos, Colombia.

£2.99In stock
Cocoa content
88%
Cocoa Origin
Colombia
Cocoa Estate
Los Llanos
Cocoa Variety
Trinitario
Acidity
Bitter
Fruit
Roast
5

Willie's Indonesian 69 Javan dark chocolate bar

From Willies chocolate

Created By Willies chocolate from fine flavour cocoas from the island of Java in Indonesia providing a dark chocolate with soft caramel and mouthwatering berry notes.

£2.99In stock
Cocoa content
69%
Cocoa Origin
Indonesia
Cocoa Estate
Blend
Cocoa Variety
Blend
Acidity
Bitter
Fruit
Roast
4

Willie's Ginger lime dark chocolate bar

From Willies chocolate

A beautifully flavoured single origin, dark chocolate bar from Willies chocolate with crystallised ginger and organic lime essence. Created from single origin cocoa beans from Cuba. A warm and spicy flavoured chocolate with a fresh edge.

£1.99In stock
Cocoa content
70%
Cocoa Origin
Cuba
Cocoa Estate
Blend
Cocoa Variety
Blend
Acidity
Bitter
Fruit
Roast
4

Willie's Hazelnut Raisin dark chocolate bar

From Willies chocolate

A fruit and nut chocolate bar with credibility by Willies chocolate. Made from single origin, Criollo cocoa from Peru, combined with plump rasins and whole, crisp hazelnuts. The premium ingredients result in a classic with much added flavour.

£1.99In stock
Cocoa content
70%
Cocoa Origin
Peru
Cocoa Estate
Blend
Cocoa Variety
Criollo
Bitter
Fruit
Nut
Roast
5

Willie's Luscious Orange dark chocolate bar

From Willies chocolate

A single origin dark chocolate infused with organic orange essence. Created from Baracoan beans from Cuba that offer notes of honey to this perfectly balanced fruit and chocolate medley by Willies chocolates.

£1.99In stock
Cocoa content
65%
Cocoa Origin
Cuba
Cocoa Estate
Blend
Cocoa Variety
Trinitario
Acidity
Bitter
Fruit
Sweet
5

Willie's El Blanco white chocolate bar

From Willies chocolate

Rarely do you see a single origin, white chocolate bar. Created by Willies Cacao from fine flavour Trinitario cocoa from Venezuela. This Willies chocolate bar offers a clean, milky tasting experience without excessive sugars.

£1.99In stock
Cocoa Origin
Venezuela
Cocoa Estate
Blend
Cocoa Variety
Trinitario
Caramel
Malt
Nut
Sweet
5

Willie's, Milk of the Gods, 44% milk chocolate bar

From Willies chocolate

This flavour packed single estate milk chocolate bar is created from cocoa from the Hacienda San Augustine estate in Venezuela. Reduced sugar allows the cocoa flavours to come through offering a rich tasting, milk chocolate experience.

£1.99In stock
Cocoa content
44%
Cocoa Origin
Venezuela
Cocoa Estate
Hacienda San Augustin
Cocoa Variety
Trinitario
Caramel
Malt
Nut
Sweet
5

Willie's Venezuelan 72 Rio Caribe Superior chocolate bar

From Willies chocolate

This single origin, dark chocolate bar by Willies chocolate is made from Trinitario cocoa beans from Venezuela. The beans from this region are full of flavour with complex coffee and nut notes.

£2.99In stock
Cocoa content
72%
Cocoa Origin
Venezuela
Cocoa Estate
Blend
Cocoa Variety
Trinitario
Acidity
Bitter
Fruit
Roast
5

Willie's Venezuelan 72 Hacienda Las Trincheras bar

From Willies chocolate

This smooth dark chocolate bar is created from fine flavour, Trinitario cocoa beans grown on the Hacienda Las Trincheras in Venezuela. A wonderfully rich and balanced flavour profile with notes of dried fruit and nuts.

£2.99In stock
Cocoa content
72%
Cocoa Origin
Venezuela
Cocoa Estate
Hacienda Las Trincheras
Cocoa Variety
Trinitario
Acidity
Bitter
Fruit
Roast
5

Willie's Peruvian 70 Chulucanas chocolate bar

From Willies chocolate

This single origin, dark chocolate bar by Willies chocolate is created from fine flavour Criollo cocoa from Peru, in the foothills of the Andes, in the lush Amazonian rainforests. The flavour notes are raisins and plums

£2.99In stock
Cocoa content
70%
Cocoa Origin
Peru
Cocoa Estate
Blend
Cocoa Variety
Criollo
Acidity
Bitter
Fruit
Roast
5

Willie's Madagascan 71 Sambirano Superior chocolate bar

From Willies chocolate

A flavour filled, single origin chocolate bar bursting with summer fruits. Created from a mix of Trinitario, Forestero & Criollo cocoa beans from the world renowned Millot plantation in Madagascar. Willies most fruity chocolate.

£2.99In stock
Cocoa content
71%
Cocoa Origin
Madagascar
Cocoa Estate
Blend
Cocoa Variety
Blend
Acidity
Bitter
Fruit
Roast
3

Willie's Venezuelan Black Carenero Superior 100% cocoa

From Willies chocolate

A block of 100% pure cocoa created by Willies chocolate for use with cooking and desserts. Made exclusively from Criollo cocoa from Venezuela. Flavour notes of nut and spice with a full bodied, strong chocolaty taste.

£6.45In stock
Cocoa content
100%
Cocoa Origin
Venezuela
Cocoa Estate
Blend
Cocoa Variety
Caranero Superior
Acidity
Bitter
Fruit
Roast
5

Willie's Madagascan Black Sambirano Superior 100% cocoa

From Willies chocolate

A block of 100% pure cocoa created by Willies chocolate for use with cooking and desserts. Created from a mix of Trinitario, Forestero & Criollo cocoa beans from the world renowned Millot plantation in Madagascar.

£6.45In stock
Cocoa content
100%
Cocoa Origin
Madagascar
Cocoa Estate
Millot
Cocoa Variety
Blend
Acidity
Bitter
Fruit
Roast
4

More on Willie's chocolate...

Willie Harcourt Cooze of Willie's CacaoWillies chocolate factory

Willie's Cacao will be known to many people from the Channel 4 television series 'Willie's Wonky Chocolate Factory' which aired in the UK in 2008. This four part TV series followed Willie Harcourt-Cooze, married father of three, on his journey from dream to commercial reality. Filmed in a fly-on-the-wall style by Channel 4, the series documented Willies story from his love of Venezuela, which eventually led to him purchasing a 1000 acre Cacao farm, setting up his own Devon chocolate factory which culminated in him seeing his product on the shelves of a well known supermarket.

Willies mission on the show was described as wanting to create the best chocolate in the world, direct from the cocoa bean, a brave move at a time when no one else in the UK was doing so. Willie's passion and sheer determination certainly resulted in putting his chocolate on a par with some of the best chocolate in the world.

How it all began

El Tesoro cacao plantation in VenezuelaWillie's cacao estate in VenezuelaWillie's chocolate journey really all began on Willies honeymoon in 1993 where Willie and his wife heard of a 1000 acre cacao farm 'El Tesoro' (meaning treasure in Spanish) in Choroni was for sale. They visited and both fell in love with the property before returning to London. One year later they emigrated to Venezuela to purchase El Tesoro.

Willie's plantation was planted with 50,000 trees of the Criollo cultivar. The Criollo is one of the best quality cocoa types available, producing lower yields than many other cultivars but offering so much more flavour. It is also one of the least robust cultivars and so one of many reasons for its higher price when used for making chocolate.

After learning all about cocoa and the chocolate making process in Venezuela, where it all began, Willie and his wife moved back to Devon to set up their chocolate business and in 2007 began the reality of turning the dream into chocolate.

Willies chocolate cocoa harvestWillies chocolate cacao treeWillie's 100% cacao

Technically not classed as chocolate at all but 'Cacao' (100% cocoa), the first batch of 100% cocoa blocks made by Willies chocolate were intended for use as an ingredient for cooking in both savoury and sweet dishes. Common practise in Southern America for centuries this was another first for the UK as chocolate was, and still is, generally enjoyed as a sweet treat mostly in the forms of drinking chocolate or as confectionery. Willie's plans were to bring this cocoa tradition back to the UK in a new form. Willie's 'Venezuelan Black' was launched in cylindrical blocks using different types of 'fine flavour' cocoas from Venezuela and bought in raw cocoa beans from other world class cocoa growing origins and estates.

  • Venezuelan Black Carenero Superior 100% cocoa
  • Made exclusively from Carenero Superior cocoa from Venezuela. A cocoa producing a full bodied, chocolaty flavour profile with notes of nuts and spice. The cocoa beans are sourced from Barlovento which means ‘windward’ and refers to a coastal stretch of Venezuela east of Caracas where the humid winds blow continuously onto the land. Carenero refers to the port it was once shipped from and Superior to the quality of the beans.
  • Madagascan Black Sambirano Superior 100% cocoa
  • Created from a mix of Trinitario, Forestero & Criollo cocoa beans from the world renowned Millot plantation in Madagascar. A wonderful flavour bursting with juicy summer fruits. This block is made from cocoa beans from the Sambirano Valley in North West Madagascar. Madagascar, famed for its remarkable biodiversity, with many of its plant and animal life unique to the island, is well known for its superior cacao. The beans produce a bar with a wonderful flavour bursting with juicy summer fruits. There is only one cacao producing area in Madagascar - in the north of the country, north and south of the river Sambirano. Cacao arrived on the island as seedlings from Venezuela 100 years ago! Once Venezuelan Criollo, they have now developed their own flavour.

Willies chocolate recipes

The TV show included many recipes, both sweet and savoury, old and new, using the Venezuelan Black range of 100% cacao. Not surprisingly the TV spawned a recipe book 'Willies chocolate Bible' and catapulted Willies Cacao, the brand, yet further into the British market. This recipe book contains so many innovative recipes using cocoa and is beautifully presented with some great photography. It includes a brief story of Willies chocolate and a history of cocoa from the bean through to the making of chocolate.

Willie's chocolate bars

The next obvious step for Willie was to create a line of chocolate bars, including ingredients such as sugar (the essential ingredient to turn Cacao into chocolate) and flavourings with the intention to appeal to a wider UK audience and in 2008 the TV show was recommissioned for a second series, 'Willies chocolate revolution: raising the bar'. This was aired by Channel 4 in 2009. This range of Willie's chocolate bars now includes single milk, dark and white chocolate bars made from single origin cocoa and including natural flavourings.

  • Indonesian 69 Javan dark chocolate bar
  • Created from fine flavour cocoas by WIllies chocolate from the island of Java in Indonesia providing a dark chocolate with soft caramel and mouthwatering berry notes.
  • Venezuelan 72 Rio Caribe Superior chocolate bar
  • This single origin, dark chocolate bar by Willies chocolate is made from Trinitario cocoa beans from Venezuela. The beans from this region are full of flavour with complex coffee and nut notes.
  • Venezuelan 72 Hacienda Las Trincheras chocolate bar
  • This smooth dark chocolate bar is created from fine flavour, Trinitario cocoa beans grown on the Hacienda Las Trincheras in Venezuela. A wonderfully rich and balanced flavour profile with notes of dried fruit and nuts.
  • Peruvian 70 San Martin chocolate bar
  • This single origin, dark chocolate bar by Willies chocolate is created from fine flavour Criollo cocoa from Peru, in the foothills of the Andes, in the lush Amazonian rainforests. The flavour notes are raisins and plums.
  • Madagascan 71 Sambirano Superior chocolate bar
  • A flavour filled, single origin chocolate bar bursting with summer fruits. Created from a mix of Trinitario, Forestero & Criollo cocoa beans from the world renowned Millot plantation in Madagascar. The most fruity bar by Willies chocolate.
  • Ginger lime dark chocolate bar
  • A beautifully flavoured single origin, dark chocolate bar from Willies chocolate with crystallised ginger and organic lime essence.
  • Hazelnut Raisin dark chocolate bar
  • A fruit and nut chocolate bar with credibility by Willies chocolate. Created from single origin, Criollo cocoa from Peru, combined with plump rasins and whole, crisp hazelnuts.
  • Luscious Orange dark chocolate bar
  • Created from Baracoan beans (Trinitario) from Cuba that offer notes of honey to this perfectly balanced fruit and chocolate medley.
  • El Blanco white chocolate bar
  • Rarely do we see a single origin white chocolate bar so this is a real treat. Created by Willies Cacao from fine flavour Trinitario cocoa from Venezuela. This bar offers a clean, milky tasting experience without excessive sugars.
  • Milk of the Gods milk chocolate bar
  • This flavour packed single estate milk chocolate bar by Willies chocolate is created from cocoa from the Hacienda San Augustine estate in Venezuela.

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